A damaged portion of the flooring at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, photos of which went viral on Wednesday, Aug. 26, had been repaired as early as July, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) claimed.
The MIAA said the flooring collapsed after one Harry William Hansen, who it described as a “plus-sized passenger,” stood on it for some time.
“(Hansen) was about to leave the transfer desk area – international arrival level – last July 25 when a portion of the floor he had been standing on for some time gave way.
Hansen did not incur any injury following the incident,” it said.
It added the area was immediately cordoned off to avoid further inconvenience.
On the other hand, the MIAA said Hansen was offered but declined medical assistance, and boarded his flight for Sydney, Australia the same day without filing a complaint.
The MIAA said the flooring was repaired two weeks after the incident, and the floor foundation was reinforced and the soil made more compact.
MIAA said the area was once a pocket garden that flag carrier Philippine Airlines converted to a tiled hallway more than a year ago.
“Terminal management points out that either the wooden foundation gave way or the ground soil was not compact enough causing it to erode,” it said.